I never had a brother before; at least not a biological brother. But I did have a brother! My first cousin Gregory was just like a brother to me. He was my best friend. As kids we were joined at the hip. I loved him so much I was so protective of him. I remember when he finally got a girlfriend I was so jealous that he was spending his time with another girl. We never had a fight, at least not one that I can remember. Gregory was the sweetest guy I’ve ever known. His smile would light up a room. I never met anyone who didn’t like him. He was so friendly and if you didn’t know him you would think he was quiet but he wasn’t, not to anyone he was close to.
At the tender age of 23 Gregory passed away unexpectedly. It was one of the hardest situations I’ve ever had to deal with. I remember kinda being in a trance. I was living in New Jersey at the time and when he was admitted into the hospital I drove home alone in a daze. I still don’t remember how I even made it back. It was a very tough time for our family. He was almost like the glue between us. Things have not been the same since he died. I guess they never will be.
Gregory leaves behind a beautiful daughter, my God daughter Alasia Renee and all of us. He still lives in our hearts. He would be 30 years old today and this morning when I woke up the first thing I said was “Happy Birthday Gregory”. I miss him very much and I still love him with my whole heart.